ETU & ProSoft at the Radio Electronics. Instrumentation. Automation-2018 International Industrial Forum

ETU & ProSoft at the Radio Electronics. Instrumentation. Automation-2018 International Industrial Forum

St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” and ProSoft will take part in the Radio Electronics. Instrumentation. Automation-2018 International Industrial Forum.

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The forum will take place in St. Petersburg at Expoforum on September 18-20th. Such internationally-recognized expositions as RADEL-EXPO: Radioelectronics and Instrument-Making and Productronica (MesseMunchen) will be a part of the event. ProSoft, partner company of ETU “LETI”, will present new equipment for industrial automation, including Fastwel I/O module PLCs for demanding applications and Fastwel embedded modules manufactured to StackPC, COM-Express, PC/104 specifications.

A research-to-practice conference titled as “Industrial Automation and IT on the Way to Industry 4.0” will take place as a part of the Automation 2018 Forum. St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University “LETI” and ProSoft will make a joint speech about the ways to learn programming of Fastwel I/O hardware and software, as well as the possibility of establishing a ProSoft training center at ETU on the basis of the Industrial Control Systems and Automation laboratory.

Dmitry G. Bakaev, senior engineer of ProSoft, will present Fastwel I/O PLCs that earned the trust of consumers from a wide range of industries: railway transportation, airport infrastructure, ship-building, chemical sector, nuclear, mining processing and natural gas industry. Fastwel I/O was fully developed in Russia and for Russia. Specificities of the Russian market (the supported signal types, as well as unfavorable factors of the environment) were taken into account when designing this product.

Ekaterina S. Filatova, Candidate of Science, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Automation and Electrical Engineering, will represent ETU and talk about the new Industrial Systems of Control and Automation laboratory that was opened on March 29th 2018.  The laboratory is equipped with eight personalized research complexes based on Fastwel I/O PLCs. This kind of modern Russian-manufactured equipment was provided by ProSoft and is a part of the import substitution campaign and replaced out-of-date hardware at ETU.

The new equipment was integrated into the teaching and learning activities of the Faculty of Industrial Automation and Electrical Engineering almost two years ago. 2nd year Master’s students (Control in Technical Systems) use it to execute laboratory research and term projects, as well as to design automatic control systems for modern production facilities of different complexity levels.

Laboratory stands were modernized by engineers from the Department of Automatic Control Systems of ETU. They developed an additional panel that imitates discrete and analog signals, and reflects signals that arrive from controllers. Replicas of production facilities can be plugged into the stands as well, which is essential when learning programming skills for automated control systems of production facilities.

According to Ekaterina S. Filatova, due to the high level of practical training provided by ETU to future engineers and programmers and their ability to operate modern Russian-manufactured equipment, graduates of the department are highly demanded and sought after in the job market. ProSoft provides graduates and even students starting from the Master’s first year with employment.

A center for further training and retraining in the field of control and automation tooled for Fastwel I/O equipment will be opened in September. 

“ProSoft does not have a training center in St. Petersburg, only in Moscow. Due to the fact that the Moscow-based one is overworked, there is a need for such a facility in St. Petersburg. Many enterprises are starting to utilize Russian-manufactured equipment and so ProSoft gets new customers who need to learn how to operate equipment that they bought.”

Ekaterina S. Filatova, Candidate of Science, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Automation and Electrical Engineering

The training center will implement several supplementary vocational education programs. The first one is a retraining program for PLC programming of FASTWEL I/O. The program lasts 40 academic hours with a one-week break. RnD engineers of automation systems, programmers, heads of departments who specialize in automation, other specialists who are interested in further training in the field of logical controller programming, as well as other interested parties who have basic programming skills and are into automation and modern equipment.

Since 2008, when the Industrial Control Systems and Automation laboratory was designed, further vocational training has been executed on its basis. Professors from the Department of Automatic Control Systems have more than 10-year teaching experience, they have developed and accumulated a considerable amount of teaching materials that they put to practice in the course of teaching and learning.

ProSoft is planning to retrofit the laboratory with one more cutting-edge PLC.